How to Create a Windows 10 Recovery Disk

We all use computers for various purposes on a regular basis. These are machines which means at some point there’s a possibility that your computer will stop functioning as effectively as it used to, or it will become completely unusable. The cause of the problem could be from a virus, malware, unstable or incompatible drivers, issues with your Windows Registry, or even an update of Windows 10. In case of a problem with your computer, you can use a Windows 10 Recovery Disk to get your system back to its normal state. A recovery drive also contains recovery tools that help you to recover your Operating System from a serious issue even when it does not boot at all.

Fortunately, Windows 8 and Windows 10 lets you create a recovery disk by just using a USB drive. This recovery media allows you to use Windows repair options even when the system fails to load. To get started, follow the instructions below:

  • You’ll need a USB drive with the capacity of at least 32 GB. Make sure there is no important data on the drive as will get deleted in the process.
  • Once you connect the USB drive on your system, you’ll need to locate the recovery drive feature. For that, you can quickly click the Cortana key, and type ‘Create a Recovery Drive.’ Select the first option and the Recovery Drive dialog window will appear.
  •  In the middle of the window, you’ll see an option to ‘Backup system files to the recovery drive.’ You need to select the checkbox.



  • After that click on ‘Next.’ Now you will see another screen that will let you select the USB drive.



  • It is automatically determined how much space is required.
  • Next, click on ‘Create‘ and your Recovery Disk is created. However, if there are still files on the USB drive, you’ll receive a notification that the contents of the drive will be erased.



  • Once you get the final screen saying ‘The recovery drive is ready,’ click on ‘Finish.’ On the final screen, you might see a link to delete the recovery partition from your PC. You can select the link and click on ‘Delete the recovery partition‘ if you want to free up drive space on your system.



For a complete guide about repairing your System after a crash, or booting a Non-bootable system, check out our following articles: